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  • News

    Check out the 2021 Juried Student Exhibit Artwork

    The Department of the Art and Design are proud to present the Juried Student Exhibit 2020. Included is the digital version of the show including videos from digital art students. Be sure to check it out and download a copy of the catalog to share with family and friends.

  • Students

    Limited Computer Lab Access

    Need to use the Art and Design computer lab? All the directions are here to help.

  • Students

    Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Graduation

    The Department of Art & Design faculty and staff wish we could have celebrated with you in person. As we could not be together, the faculty made a video celebrating you, our students.

  • Students

    Introducing the QCC/Women’s Caucus for Art/UN Representatives from the Department of Art and Design

    March 2019 - Representatives from the department of Art & Design attended the United Nations as part of the QCC/Women's caucus. Included is three essays from the three representatives from the department.

  • Student Art

    Department of Art & Design Juried Student Exhibit 2020

    The Department of the Art and Design are proud to present the Juried Student Exhibit 2020. Included is the digital version of the show including videos from digital art students.

  • Department

    Now on View: Contemporary Modes in Abstraction; works from 2D Design and Electronic Imaging

    October 2018 - Abstract design is alive and well (and audible) in the QCC Student Gallery. With reference to Cubism, arguably the first full break from traditional Renaissance space, Frank Lloyd Wright's foray into modern architecture via Eastern meditations on nature, and compositions of pure color and form transitioning beautifully to video animation representations of synesthesia, QCC's student artists demonstrate a prosperous delve into contemporary applications of Modernist abstraction. Four individual but connected bodies of work, by 16 artists, reveal the underlying rules of successful design through seemingly disparate mediums. With remarkable economy of means the wall pieces tease out complex figure-ground relations. Cubist style works, employing line and tone, undulate, twist and whisper, coaxing our eye around and through organic forms reminiscent, not by coincidence, of musical instruments. Moody landscapes of deftly simulated texture present enigmatic architectural structures, but only just. Petite triangles in complementary colors orchestrate rhythmic movement, dancing forward and back. The 7 video works respond to the challenge of holding an audience using pared down instruments; no recognizable objects, audible commands or conventionally melodic sound. Synesthesia, the "mixing-up" of sensory experience, e.g. one hears color, was the prompt to realize the transcendence of conventional sensory relationships and in turn create new associations. Provided a sound, the artist asks, what color is it and what form is that color? New relations are not the prize, rather an understanding of the efficacy, origin and malleability of existing experiential relationships. The animations at once reinforce the illusory movement of the 2D works and via the addition of dissonant sound further the capacity of abstracted form and unmodulated color to move an audience by means typically designated to narrative pieces. Can one attract, stimulate or move another without explicit instruction, the exhibited works bear a pleasantly affirmative response. Modes of Contemporary Abstraction represents well the aims of the QCC 1461 Student Gallery; the show grew organically between three instructors and highlights the breakout works of budding artists. The intimate nature of the space and small number of works reinforces the accessible nature of the gallery and its intended collegial community.

  • Department

    Department of Art and Design Receives National Accreditation

    The Department of Art and Design at Queensborough Community College has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Queensborough is one of only 19 community colleges in the country as well as the only art program in the entire City University of New York system to receive this prestigious accreditation. With this Queensborough joins the ranks of New York City’s premier art education institutions such as Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Art and Design, Pratt and Fashion Institute of Technology to offer a nationally recognized art and design education.

Department Mission and Goals


It is the mission of the Department of Art and Design to provide each student with a strong foundation in the traditional techniques and processes utilized in the creation of visual art; to offer students an opportunity to understand the historical importance that visual art has in human society and to gain critical thinking skills through writing and the collaborative discussion of artworks; to assist students in the development of a personal approach to making visual art; and to create an environment for students to incorporate new technologies into the process of creating visual art.

Department Goals

Our department believes that the development of a strong personal creative vision within a liberal arts foundation gives our students the ability to navigate their place within an ever-changing world. Today’s art and design students require not only up-to-date technical instruction, but equally importantly, a firm grounding in art and design history, hands-on making, self-promotion and exhibition methods. A commitment to life-long engagement with visual art specifically and the arts broadly is what we seek for our students. The Art & Design Department believes that all students deserve the right to a creative, theoretical, and expansive educational experience regardless of economic status, ethnicity, culture or societal expectations. Our department strives to create an inclusive and diverse community that is reflective of the world around us. We foster the understanding that individual creation and public presentation are equally important for a successful visual dialogue.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.